Monday, December 3, 2012

Holiday favorites

'Tis the season for showing your family how much you love them. Show them by piling your holiday buffet high with delicious cancer-fighting foods?

Cranberries. These tart little fruits are packed with benzoic acid. This can block the growth of some types of leukemia as well as lung cancer and colon cancer. Buy them fresh now. They're at the peak of their nutritional value, and you can capture that power by freezing them to use later. The jellied can version can't hold a candle to the real thing.

Try to avoid loading it with sugar. While a little sweet is needed to cut the sour, I have found that you can cut more than half of the sugar out of the recipe on the back and still have a great side dish. I've also had luck substituting agave or stevia (avoid Truvia).

Apples. Another season favorite  that could help prevent several types of cancer. They contain quercetin, which protects your cells' DNA from the kind of damage that can lead to cancer. This nutrient can also slash your stroke risk by more than 50 percent.

Of course, you may be tempted to take that as permission to cut yourself a giant piece of apple pie. If it's a very occasional indulgence, go for it--I mean, it IS Christmas time after all! But if you really want to get the most out of your apples, eat them raw with the skin on. Here's a great
raw apple crisp recipe from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The color orange. Make sure there's plenty of the color orange featured in your holiday spread. Squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, and pumpkins contain carotenoids, which have been associated with prevention of cancers of the colon, prostate, breasts, and lungs and have also been linked to shedding abdominal fat.

Food that packs a powerful disease-fighting punch is great and knowing that you are taking care of your freinds and family at the same time is fabulous!

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